Google's Schmidt Says Sun Supported Android's Java Use

Law360, San Francisco (April 24, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT) -- Google Inc.'s former chief executive Eric Schmidt took the stand Tuesday as the search giant's first witness in its intellectual property feud with Oracle Corp., telling a jury that Sun Microsystems backed Google's use of the Java programming language in its Android operating system.

Schmidt said he didn't believe Google needed a license to use Sun's Java programming language and application programming interface packages, the so-called APIs Oracle claims Google stole and incorporated into its Android platform. Oracle acquired Sun in 2010 and claims Android infringes...
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